ANDY WHITAKER: R&S RECORDS
Ever since the glory days of disco in the 70s, the allure of a record label has often equalled or even eclipsed the individual artists, not only for ubiquitous trainspotters but also devotees looking for a seal of quality, something to take the music forward or simply something guaranteed to blow the roof off. Disco had Salsoul and Prelude, Chicago house was dominated by DJ International and Trax, Detroit techno gained its mystique from labels like Metroplex and Transmat while New York deep house was ruled by Nu Groove and Strictly Rhythm.
Meanwhile in Ghent, Belgium, the distinctive prancing horse logo of R&S heralded a stream of cutting edge techno gold unleashed as the label corralled more seismic electronic battle-weapons than any other in European dance music history.
The start of 2008 saw the relaunch of R&S. Since then, the label has re-positioned itself as one of the most forward thinking electronic labels with a new roster featuring the likes of James Blake, nonkeen, Space Dimension Controller, Blawan, Lone, Talaboman, Sporting Life, Tessela and Paul White. In 2017, the label is heading to Obonjan to bring its incredible taste and forward-thinking music to life.
“I visited Obonjan in its first year and instantly felt that it was a magical place.
It’s the most beautiful environment to enjoy some perfectly curated music and we’re
really happy to be adding ourselves to the excellent list of musical partners,” Andy Whittaker (R&S Records)